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Published on October 15th, 2018 | by Landon Buford

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HipHop Weekly’s Editor In Chief KimSoMajor Talks How Her Passion For Radio Has Turned Into A Career In Journalism

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KimSoMajor grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, but at the age of sixteen relocated to Hoston, Texas with her mother and her daughter. Major says she will never stop fighting to beat the odds that are against even if she wasn’t able to that the clear path to achieve her goals.  At an early age, she possessed a very upbeat personality that welcomed others.

Kim would also develop a natural passion for music makes her on-air personality infectious. She also has a background in audio production and dreams of operating an all-female run sound studio. As a journalist, she has conducted numerous interviews with the likes of James Prince, Gun Play, Moneybagg Yo, Diddy, Vic Mensa, Yolanda Adams, and Famous Dex just to name a few.

I recently was able to catch up with Major to discuss when she developed her passion for music and what type of legacy she would like to leave.

When did you start to develop your passion for radio?

At an early age 5 or 6, I remember the excitement from calling and requesting my favorite songs over and over again. I was a pest caller for sure, good thing they did not have caller id back then I know, I would have been blocked. Fast forward to some years later I got so heated at a radio station jock, I found his PD (program director)  and his personal voicemail and went ham on them because I thought he was asking Lil Kim stupid questions that nothing to do with her music, that’s when I kinda knew.

How vital do think your time at CBS Radio was to your career in the entertainment business?

Well, I’m still employed, but the company was brought by Entercom. Working in the radio industry for over ten years has been vital to my career as it’s sharpened my skill sets extremely.  I have added so much value to my career by being able to build in audio engineering, voice talent work, station imaging, production as well as being on air in the number 7 market for a top 40  pop radio station as the only black woman has taught me how to weather more than a few challenges and obstacles.

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You are currently the Editor In Chief at Hip Hop Weekly Magazine. What do you look for when are looking add writers to the platform?

I look for someone who loves writing, great with painting a picture with words, a team player and passionate journalist but as importantly I look for someone who has specific views on certain subject matters that are unwavering. I look for diversity in thought and representation in regards to the entire hip-hop culture. I look for someone who has their meter on the pulse of today’s climate and a forward thinker.

When you release content what do you want your readers to gain from it?

I want them to gain valuable, accurate information delivered in a creative, entertaining and progressive way.

What has been your most inspirational interview thus far and why?

When I interviewed Sean Combs, I had a revelation from what he told me. I was asking my best questions per usual, and because I was not the only reporter in the room, I knew I had to be more assertive to get what we needed for the feature story. Initially, I was supposed to be by myself, but things changed, and you gotta adjust. During mid-interview Diddy stopped and said to me  “I like you, your aggressive, you should be working at Revolt, somebody gets her info when this is done.” For me, being in the room was enough confirmation that I was supposed to be there, but I can’t lie, Diddy, making that statement even in front of his own staff that was interviewing him really blew my mind and made me think about what my greater purpose is. Some people have energy that just commands attention, and I believe what you do with that is super important.

How do you think Hip-Hop Journalism has evolved over the past five years?

It’s evolved but halfway into a mess really. With all the blog sites, instant post and web baits for gaining a quick look I don’t feel there is as much hip-hop journalism being represented as there are hip hop rumors and blurp bylines. That’s why at Hip Hop Weekly Magazine we really focus on true coverage, behind the scenes and creating engaging content that highlights pushing the culture forward.

Where do see yourself in five years?

Wow, great question that I’m never good at answering… It’s in God’s hands. I never thought five years ago when I started at Hip Hop Weekly Magazine I would be Editor In Chief so I can’t say in five years exactly but I know that it will be well deserved and I will be grateful wherever I’m at.

What do you want your legacy to be when it’s all said and done?

Basically, when I can say “My great-great-grandchildren already rich, that’s a lot of brown children on your Forbes list.”


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Washington State Graduate Past Interviews include Grammy Award Winner Kenny G, David Banner, WNBA President Lisa Borders, What's Trending's CEO Shira Lazar, Ice Cube, NBC's Chicago PD LaRoyce Hawkins, Family Matters Darius McCrary, En Vogues Maxine Jones, Team USA Track & Field Member Norris Frederick, James Kyson, WNBA Great Lauren Jackson, and more.


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